The Biodiversity Heritage Library


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The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Smithsonian Libraries Board Orientation. Washington, DC. 6 March 02013

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The Biodiversity Heritage Library

  1. 1. The Biodiversity Heritage Library Martin R. Kalfatovic Smithsonian Libraries Smithsonian Libraries Board Orientation 6 March 02013 | Washington, DC
  2. 2. The cultivation of natural science cannot be efficiently carried on without reference to an extensive library Charles Darwin, et al (1847)‫‏‬ The Wherefore of BHL
  3. 3. Specimen collections Databases Publications Observations ‘Gray’‫‏‬literature Index cards Field notebooks Taxonomic Impediment
  4. 4. Technology Library Science Biodiversity Heritage Library
  5. 5. 15 Member‫‏‬institutions‫…‏‬Formed‫‏‬in‫6002‏‬ 15 Members •Academy of Natural Sciences Library and Archives •American Museum of Natural History Library •California Academy of Sciences Library •Cornell University Library •The Field Museum Library •Harvard University Botany Libraries •Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology •Library of Congress •Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Library •Missouri Botanical Garden Library •Natural History Museum, London, Library & Archives •The New York Botanical Garden •Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, Library & Archives •Smithsonian Institution Libraries •United States Geological Survey Libraries
  6. 6. Secretariat and Technical Staff August 2011Program Director Program Manager Collections Coordinator Technical Director Programmer Data Analyst
  7. 7. 40,381,261pages 111,715 items 58,495 titles 5 March 201 Content Growth 2007-2013
  8. 8. Cornell ingest | Dec 2011 14,45814,458 Items Added: Past 12 Months Average: 1,204 / month
  9. 9. User Statistics: 2007 - 2012 Visitors: 3,628,088 Page Views: 17,604,395 New vs. Returning: 48.88% vs. 50.12% 2007 2012112,584 visitors | March 2012
  10. 10. 233 countriesUsers in 233 Countries
  11. 11. TheMachineIsUs/ingUs <Response xmlns:xsi=" instance" xmlns:xsd=""> <Status>ok</Status> <Result> <Item> <ItemID>16800</ItemID> <Volume/> <Contributor>MBLWHOI Library</Contributor> <Sponsor>MBLWHOI Library</Sponsor> <Language>English</Language> <LicenseUrl/> <Rights/> <DueDiligence/> <CopyrightStatus/> <CopyrightRegion/> </Item>
  12. 12. Increase agreements with publishers of in copyright materials (up from ~250)
  13. 13. In Kind Contributions: CY 2011 SIL Direct Staff Contributio  4.32 FTE  $400,000 Other Costs  $242,948 Funding Received (internal, g  $537,607 Administration Metadata Collections support Database/Systems Conservation Scanning Preparation Direct Scanning Quality control
  14. 14. BHL Member Participation Staff FTE 29.5 FTE from the 14 member institutions (does not include Secretariat or Technical staff)
  15. 15. Firewall Images (JP2) PDF Coordinate-based OCR XML metadata BHL Architecture: Window Seat Ed. BHL DB Internet Archive Storage Logic APIs UI Data Exports Access Data Transform Utilities Geocoding Name Finding
  16. 16. The Biodiversity Heritage Library: 2006
  17. 17. Experiment with taxonomic markup Smithsonian Contributions and Studies Series Collaboration with Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press 1,000+ titles; 100,000 pages
  18. 18. 3.8 million total views | 63,000 images (13 Feb 13)
  19. 19. 233 countriesUsers in 233 Countries
  20. 20. June 2012 Over 30 librarians, scientists, informaticians gathered in Cape Town, South Africa to start the formation of the BHL Africa node; funded by JRS Foundation
  21. 21. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenDLF Forum 2012 Denver CO Art of Life project
  22. 22. Facebook Total Page Likes: 4,384 Twitter @ BioDivLibrary Total Followers: 2,369 Pinterest 2,373 images & 16 collections Blog Total Visits: 9,096 (2Q13) BHL Social Media February 2013
  23. 23. Outreach
  24. 24. “ T h a n k y o u m u c h f o r y o u r What an absolutely wonderful site. It is a treasure trove of information. Thank you! May I compliment you on this splendid service? The Library's invaluable for my work on seasonal variability of climate and vector-borne disease in British India, 1875-1940. I really appreciate your work. The Biodiversity Heritage Library is an excellent resource that regularly helps my assistant and I obtain original descriptions for plants .... I feel so privileged to be working in a day in age when such resources are so readily available and easy to obtain.
  25. 25. Looking Forward In any well-appointed Natural History Library there should be found every book and every edition of every book dealing in the remotest way with the subjects concerned. Charles Davies Sherborn Epilogue to Index Animalium, March 1922
  26. 26. Thanks‫‏…‏‬Questions‫‏‬and‫‏‬Discussion